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Animal Cruelty Is Officially a Nationwide Felony in the US
By Sophie Hirsch   |  Dec 05, 2019

The PACT act, which is an extension of a law that President Obama first passed in 2010, was first introduced earlier this year, and it recently passed in both the House and the Senate. For the past few weeks, lawmakers and animal welfare activists awaited the bill reaching Trump’s desk.

The bill’s authors, Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., and Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla, seemed confident that Trump would sign the bill into law because it had unanimous support from both Republicans and Democrats in the House and the Senate — and luckily, their hunch was right. 

The PACT Act makes “animal crushing” a nationwide felony in the U.S. Animal crushing is defined as when any “living non-human mammals, birds, reptiles, or amphibians is purposely crushed, burned, drowned, suffocated, impaled, or otherwise subjected to serious bodily injury,” according to the official Congress website. The law also applies to those creating or distributing videos of animal crushing. 

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